Millom hospital bosses should have been 'more open'

Protest march Hundreds of people took part in a protest march

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Health bosses in Cumbria have admitted they might not have given people enough information about their plans for a community hospital.

Millom Hospital was closed to new admissions several weeks ago because of a shortage of GP cover.

Locals were concerned it might never open again, and a protest march took place on 7 May.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said four beds would open on Monday and the other five by August.

Although the trust had always denied the hospital was closing, Millom Town Council had expressed concerns about "rumours" surrounding its future.

A march through the town attracted about 2,000 people.

Dr John Howarth, from the trust, said the situation had not been handled as well as it might have been.

"We did anticipate being able to recruit more quickly," he said.

"There were a number of plans that didn't work out, but I fully accept that at that point we should have held public meetings and been much more open with the people of Millom."

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